One of Montalcino's shining lights, Biondi-Santi has consistently been producing exceptional wines for centuries. It's now with the sixth and seventh generations, under the guiding hand of Christopher Descours, the owner of esteemed Champagne houses Charles Heidsiek, Piper Heidsiek and Rare. He bought a controlling stake in the Biondi-Santi estate in 2016, and is investing in the modernisation of vineyards and winery.
Their oldest vineyards date back to 1936, and this Rosso di Montalcino is a great introduction to the incredible wines produced by this estate. It could easily be argued that Sangiovese shows its best from this Tuscan region.
The Rosso di Montalcino is produced from the estate's youngest vines. Grapes are carefully selected and vinified under controlled temperatures before being matured in Slavonian Oak for 12 months.
It has intense floral, cherry and pepper aromas burst from the bottle. Subtle hints of citrus aromas are also distinguishable. On the palate, the wine shows real finesse and balance with acidity, tannin and body all harmonious and tight. Red berries and plum come to the fore, with vanilla spice, sweet smoke and a lingering, savoury finish. Tannins are firm but not aggressive, always held in check by the well integrated acidity.
Drink with rich red meat dishes, be it Venison, other game, or lamb. This would also work well with vegetarian foods such as a rich bean stew.